HEALTH OFFICE

LONGMEADOW HIGH SCHOOL | 95 GRASSY GUTTER ROAD | LONGMEADOW, MA 01106 | P 413-565-4220 | F413-565- 4233

LHS SCHOOL NURSE

Sara Jasak

413-565-4220 Ext. 2418

sjasak@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

I came to Longmeadow High School from Yale University School of Medicine, where I worked as a clinical research nurse manager. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After graduating from nursing school in 2006, I worked in both the hospital and clinical research setting. In 2019 I joined Longmeadow Public Schools as a substitute school nurse and was thrilled to be offered the full-time position as school nurse at Longmeadow High School. I love the role of the school nurse - promoting health and wellness. I live in town with my husband and two boys, and am excited to be working in the community we live in.

MISSION

School Health Services foster growth, development and educational achievement of Massachusetts' students by promoting their health and well being. It monitors health status and identifies and addresses the unmet needs of students, families, and school personnel. It builds public and private partnerships to ensure quality services that are effective, culturally appropriate, and responsive to the diverse, changing needs of students and their communities. Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services

All Longmeadow Public School nurses are registered nurses with experience in pediatrics or public health. All school nurses, like teachers, are certified by the state. The nurses must meet the same continuing education requirements as teachers as well as the requirements to maintain their nursing licenses.

School nurses are available to perform first aid on staff who may require it. They are available to do blood pressure readings upon request. Nurses also conduct a yearly flu clinic for employees.

POSTURAL SCREENING

All students in Grades 5-9 are screened annually for scoliosis. Parents are notified of any deviations.

CONDITIONS FOR EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL

When a student is diagnosed with conjunctivitis, the student cannot return to school until he/she has had 3 doses of the prescribed medication. Students may also be excluded if their immunizations are not up to date according to state guidelines.

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

Heights and weights are checked and graphed intermittently throughout the student's school career. Parents are notified when there is a marked deviation from the previous results.

VISION & HEARING

Vision and hearing screenings are performed periodically throughout the student's career. Parents are notified of abnormal results.

ATHLETIC EXAMINATIONS

A documented physical exam by a health care provider is required annually for all students who participates in sports. If a hardship exists then the school physician is available to perform a brief exam. This must be arranged in advance with the high school nurse.